Burton – The Geauga Soil and Water Conservation District’s Annual Rain Barrel Yard Art Campaign has begun marking the tenth year for this creative community initiative!  Seven local artists and groups donated their time, talent, and materials to the District by painting 55-gallon plastic barrels to creatively transform them into beautiful, repurposed rain barrels!  A rain barrel is a recycled container used to collect and store rooftop runoff.  The collected water can then be utilized for watering landscapes, lawns, and gardens, reducing water consumption and pollution.  Just imagine how many gallons of water a rain barrel could have collected this summer!

These decorated, recycled rain barrels are now on display throughout Geauga County and available for silent bidding at various locations (as indicated below) for the months of August and September.  You can view all the barrels and also place a bid online by visiting Geauga SWCD’s website at geaugaswcd.com.

Minimum bids start at $90, or for your convenience, you can also “Buy It Now!” for $200!  Just include all the requested information and the barrel will be yours once method of payment is approved.  Any sold barrels will be indicated on our website and locations are subject to change with barrel sales.  Remaining barrels will be available for final bids at the Geauga SWCD Annual Meeting on November 5, 2015.

Here’s your chance to finally get a unique rain barrel while helping to protect our water resources.  Don’t delay, bid on a barrel today!  All proceeds will go toward the District’s education programs.  Barrels can be found at the following locations:

1) An Ohio Barn Quilt by Yvonne Thomas displayed at Patterson Fruit Farm (August) and Breezewood Gardens (September)

2) Melusine by Byron Leffler displayed at Breezewood Gardens (August) and Lowe’s Greenhouse (September)

3) Follow the Yellow Brick Road by Mary Samide displayed at Beans Coffee Shop and Bistro (August) and Munson Western Reserve Country Store (September)

4) Let’s Go Nuts! by Rob Rodusky displayed at Geauga West Library (August) and Mazzulo’s Market (September)

5) Pandas by Berkshire High School Art Club displayed at Blazin’ Bills (August) and Bainbridge Library (September)

6) Rain Drops and Ducklings by Berkshire High School Art Club displayed at Burton Library (August) and Chardon Library (September)

7) The Rainy Day Rain Barrel by Taryn Zwolinski displayed at Lowe’s Greenhouse (August) and Mary Yoder’s Amish Kitchen (September)

For more information visit the Geauga SWCD website at geaugaswcd.com or call 440-834-1122.  Like us on Facebook to see updates on rain barrels and other news.  A special thanks to the artists for their generosity and to Ken’s Auto Body, Inc. in Troy Township for donating their time and materials to apply protective clear sealant to the barrels.